This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

The average rate of COVID-19 tests in Maryland that have come back positive over the last seven days fell to 2.88% on Tuesday, the first time since October that the metric has been below the 3% mark.

On Oct. 12, Maryland health officials reported a seven-day average positive test rate of 2.87%.

State officials on Tuesday reported 399 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of about 0.9%.

Tuesday’s addition brings the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 453,800. Meanwhile 3,392,197 have tested negative to date, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland has completed 9,960,926 coronavirus tests to date, with 11,031 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.16% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.66% for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland’s current coronavirus-related hospitalizations rose by one patient to 799.

Of those currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 579 are in acute care and 220 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by six while the number of intensive care patients rose by seven.

To date, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 42,283 people due to coronavirus.

A total of 8,678 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with eight additional deaths reported since Monday. There are also 192 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

A total of 2,395,628 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Tuesday.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 2,904,601 first doses and 2,189,635 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, providers have administered 10,499 first doses and 31,967 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 205,993 people, including 1,146 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 83,987 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 70,298 in Montgomery County; 64,636 in Baltimore County; 52,015 in Baltimore City; 43,197 in Anne Arundel County; 19,590 in Frederick County; 19,036 in Howard County; 16,316 in Harford County; 14,378 in Washington County; 10,677 in Charles County; 9,303 in Carroll County; 7,539 in Wicomico County; 6,903 in Allegany County; 6,180 in Cecil County; 5,929 in St. Mary’s County; 4,181 in Calvert County; 3,606 in Worcester County; 2,960 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,759 in Dorchester County; 2,563 in Somerset County; 2,291 in Caroline County; 2,119 in Talbot County; 2,005 in Garrett County; and 1,332 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has identified 237,287 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 216,513 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 25,232 are people age 9 or younger; 46,527 are people ages 10-19; 83,273 are people ages 20-29; 77,739 are people ages 30-39; 67,720 are people ages 40-49; 67,696 are people ages 50-59; 45,088 are people ages 60-69; 24,775 are people ages 70-79; and 15,750 are people age 80 or older.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 139,775 are Black, 10,969 are Asian, 160,185 are white, 68,748 are Hispanic, 21,195 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,928.

Nationwide, there have been at least 32,745,258 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 582,170 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 445.9 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...